Republicans Planning To Hold Up Health Care Reform With “Readathon”
They’ve already stooped to reading Bernie Sanders’s 767 page amendment on the floor to hold up the works, then they tried to filibuster a bill that would pay and support the troops. Now, with Democrats hoping to get health care reform before Christmas, they continue to play games.
At a news conference Friday in the Capitol, Republican Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky and Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., accused Democrats of trying to ram the health care bill through with dozens of changes as yet unseen, and promised to do all they could to prevent it.
“I think we’ve made it rather clear we’re not going to expedite consideration of the health care bill,” McConnell said.
Added McCain: “I don’t think it would be outrageous to ask for a bill that we haven’t seen to be read.”
The argument that they need to do this so that people know what’s in the bill is a phony argument.
McCain said it’s reasonable to demand that the package be read aloud on the Senate floor. However, such changes in major legislation are commonplace and senators usually waive reading them on the floor.
This is the way legislation is done. It’s the process. The health care bill is no different. So they are acting all aggrieved that they don’t have enough time to decide on it, when the real effort is to stop the bill altogether.Click here for reuse options!
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